Gluten free egg rolls seem to be an impossibility at restaurants, so I was excited to try these when I saw them in the store. I thought I would see the best way to cook them in addition to judging the flavors.
Feel Good Foods Egg Rolls come as either vegetable or chicken. The flavors are similar, but the chicken egg roll has a more authentic exterior texture. They turned out best cooked in the deep fryer or frying pan. The vegetable egg rolls resembled spring rolls more than egg rolls.
To test the flavor and determine the best cooking method, I decided to get two flavors and cook them in the oven, air fryer, frying pan, and the deep fryer. I also wanted to test different sauces accompanying them for the best recommendations.
Results Of Our Tests For Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Egg Rolls
I love egg rolls, and they are one of those foods I crave going to the local restaurant to pick up, even after years of a gluten free diet.
When I think of egg rolls, I think about those large ones with cabbage, vegetables, and protein in a wonton wrapper and crispy and rough on the outside. I’m sure they put the egg roll and wonton wrapper in a batter before frying it to get that texture.
Expecting something frozen with health food declarations on the package to meet with that fried food image isn’t realistic. Still, when any company sets up expectations for their product, I want to recall what we are indeed supposed to compare.
First, I wanted to find the best way to prepare them by cooking them in multiple ways. I should note that I skipped the microwave because I have no faith it will create a crispy exterior, and I’m cooking and eating these foods. And I’d rather not try a soggy egg roll.
When we used the oven to cook the egg rolls per the instructions on the back of the box, they did not get crispy. The chicken and the vegetable egg rolls split, and the filling spilled out.
While the air fryer isn’t a suggested cooking method, I decided to try it out. It came out better than the oven, but even though it was crispy, the texture was stale, like something that had been fried and left to sit.
Using the deep fryer and pan-frying them came up with similar results. The deep fryer gave a better appearance and was the only cooking method where the chicken egg rolls didn’t split.
According to the instructions, you should microwave the egg rolls before pan-frying them; the chicken egg roll split after I microwaved them. But the texture on both egg rolls that I pan-fried was excellent.
I also tested out a few dips to go with it as the harshest comments online regarding the flavor.
The sauces I tried were sweet chili, spicy mustard, and ginger-garlic soy sauce. Sweet chili was the winner for both types of egg roll. The soy sauce version was good with the vegetable egg roll but was horrible with the chicken.
The sauce I’d recommend the most to go with is sweet chili sauce as it was good with both. Sweet chili is also the sauce in the pictures on the box, but please note there is no sauce in the box.
The ingredients are almost identical in both the vegetable and the chicken egg rolls, but the size and wrapper are noticeably different. The chicken was larger, and the wrapper was closer to the authentic Chinese Restaurant staple. Or as close as a frozen gluten free version is likely to get.
I’d repurchase these, but the chicken egg roll was much better. However, the vegetable egg roll reminded me more of a fried spring roll, and if it were called a spring roll, I would have liked it better.
Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Egg Rolls Ingredients And Storage
I purchased these at my local grocery store in the freezer section and stored them frozen until I was ready to use them.
Feel Good Foods says that they are making food that is healthy for your body as well as for a tasty treat. I’ve enjoyed these in the past, but I wanted to go a little more in-depth to find the best way to prepare and eat these.
They are certified gluten free, and the vegetable rolls are vegetarian-appropriate but not vegan. Both types contain soy and eggs.
Sauces And Serving Suggestions: Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Egg Rolls
Despite pictures on the packaging, there were no sauces included with the Feel Good Foods Egg Rolls.
I made a trio of sauces to taste with the prepared egg rolls: spicy mustard sauce, sweet chili sauce, and a ginger-garlic soy sauce dip. We tried each of these dips with the different egg rolls to see which ones might work the best.
I love Chinese mustard to go with my authentic egg rolls, but I didn’t have any on hand. I took yellow mustard and sriracha sauce mixed for the spicy mustard.
I used a certified gluten free premade sauce for the sweet chili sauce.
I combined ginger paste, canned garlic pieces, brown sugar, and gluten free soy sauce to make the final sauce.
The mustard sauce didn’t turn out like Chinese mustard and didn’t go well with either of the rolls.
The soy sauce mixture was pretty good with the vegetable egg rolls. However, it was terrible when we tried it with the chicken egg rolls.
On the other hand, the sweet chili sauce turned out very well with both types.
The flavor of these egg rolls wasn’t the same as egg rolls I’ve gotten from Chinese Restaurants in the past, but they were similar tasting on the inside. I think real Chinese mustard would taste ok with these, but do yourself a favor and don’t attempt a soy sauce with the chicken egg roll!
Cooking Methhod Comparison For Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Egg Rolls
There are two methods of cooking suggested on the back of the boxes. According to these, the instructions for each are the same. If you look at the pictures above, you can see differences in the size and color of the two varieties.
The chicken egg rolls are larger with more interior contents and darker in what looks like it might be a batter on the outside.
Since there were three rolls in each package and four types of preparation, I decided to try each in one of the two preparations on the box and one in another preparation I wanted to try.
I prepared the vegetable egg rolls in the air fryer, oven, and pan-fried.
I prepared the chicken egg rolls in the deep fryer, oven, and pan-fried.
For more details on how they turned out in each of the preparations, see the sections below.
Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Egg Rolls In The Oven
I followed the directions on the package and preheated the oven to 400 degrees F, and baked them without turning for about 22 minutes. I prepared both the chicken and the vegetable egg rolls in the oven.
I did not turn them during cooking per the instructions. When I removed them from the oven, I noticed that both varieties had split down the sides during cooking. It caused the contents to spill out and burn on the baking sheet.
The oven was our least favorite of all the preparations we tried.
When I cut the egg rolls, they squished the interior contents out because the outer wrapper was not crisp enough to cut cleanly through.
I do not recommend using this method to prepare them.
Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Egg Rolls In The Air Fryer
The packaging for this product did not have a preparation suggestion for the air fryer. I decided to follow the instructions for the oven instead. I set the air fryer to 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. It prompted me to turn it halfway through cooking.
I had a limited number of egg rolls to work with, so I decided only to use the vegetable for this test.
Unlike the test with the oven, I could at least cut this version. The outside wrapper was crispy enough to be cut and give way. The interior of the wrapper was still soft.
I also noticed that while some interior contents escaped, it was through much smaller holes. They did not have large tears up their side like the ones in the oven. I don’t know if it’s due to the cooking method or maybe the ones in the oven had these imperfections.
As the photos show, the outside browned slightly. The darkest parts are where the interior contents spilled out.
While it was crispier than the oven version, the crispiness reminded me of something that had been crispy and left out to get stale.
Of the two methods we tried without added oil, I recommend the air fryer over the oven, but I recommend the other cooking methods first.
Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Egg Rolls In The Deep Fryer
The deep fryer was another cooking version that wasn’t on the recommended cooking suggestions. I decided to use only the chicken egg rolls to test this cooking method.
I thought this would be the version to win, hands down since the chicken egg rolls had this coating on the outside that made them the most like the original as possible, and the coating was meant to be cooked submerged in oil. So I had high expectations going in.
It turned out very crispy and well cooked. As far as looks went, this version looks the most similar to the restaurant version, although it might be a little lighter brown than the non-gluten-free version.
When I cut it open, the wrapper cut through quickly. It was crispy, not just on the outside but on all the wrapper layers inside. I’d describe how the knife cut through this egg roll as shattering as I cut through layers of the crispy wrapper.
I’ve seen other reviews say they were disappointed in how oily Feel Good Foods Egg Rolls were, but we didn’t have that problem, even with the deep-fried version.
Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Egg Rolls Pan Fried
I had already noticed the difference in size, which was very plain as soon as I pulled them from their respective packaging. The photos aren’t as obvious, but the chicken version had about twice the filling.
Although I’ve noted this previously, it is essential to note here because the instructions for both are exactly the same.
I prepared these according to the instructions on the back of the box. They instructed me to microwave the egg rolls for 30 seconds and then put them in a frying pan with 1/4 cup oil, turning and browning them until the internal temperature reaches 165, which they estimate will take 10-12 minutes.
I microwaved them on the same plate because the instructions seemed to be written to cook all three rolls in a package simultaneously. I did make sure that they were not touching each other, as the above photo shows.
I was surprised that when they came out of the microwave, they were at very different levels of thawed. They were both frozen until I put them in the microwave. When they came out, the microwave completely defrosted the vegetable egg roll while the chicken egg roll had just started to defrost but was still mostly frozen.
I noticed the slice in the chicken egg roll at this point. I did not see it before it went in the microwave, but I can’t verify if it was or was not there.
I added just enough oil to cover the bottom of my frying pan when heated. Then I added the microwaved egg rolls to the pan and browned and turned them until done.
The egg roll with a break lost some filling in the pan, which burnt and caused the oil to pop quite a bit.
Overall, we thought this one turned out the best for the texture of all the methods we tried. It was crispy without shattering all over the place when cut. But deep-fried or pan-fried was a reasonably close call. The pan-fried ones certainly didn’t look as lovely as the deep-fried one.
Feel Good Foods Egg Rolls – Vegetable Vs Chicken
Since we’ve looked in-depth at how to prepare the Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Egg Rolls, I wanted to look at how they are similar and different.
The most obvious place to start is the ingredients. They are much more similar than I’d thought. While the chicken one contains meat and the vegetable doesn’t, the other ingredients are the same.
Based on the size difference between the two egg rolls, I think they have the same amount of vegetable filling, but the chicken had an additional chicken filling. It seemed like there might be as much as twice the filling in the chicken version.
The wrappers were different, even though the ingredients were the same. The chicken egg roll was darker in color. It seemed to have a coating outside the wrapper. The layer was also missing on the vegetable version.
Two out of three chicken egg rolls ended up with a slice down the side, while only one of the three vegetable egg rolls ended up with the cut. Neither of them ended up with a large opening using the two methods that the box did not recommend. Three of the four egg rolls I cooked according to the instructions split.
Because the ingredients were mostly the same, the vegetable one was slightly more bitter. The vegetable egg roll contained mung bean sprouts, which contributed to the bitter flavor, while the chicken contained rosemary based on the ingredients list. These subtle differences created slightly different flavor profiles.
These differences in flavor were most evident when we were trying out sauces. The soy sauce with ginger and garlic brought out these differences. The vegetable egg rolls went with it very well, while the chicken ones were awful. I think this has to do with the contrast of the bitterness from the sprouts vs. the added rosemary.
For taste on their own, they were both satisfactory. But I’ll admit the flavor of the fillings isn’t the reason I like egg rolls. They were sufficient for both flavors.
The most significant difference was the wrapper, where the chicken came out ahead.